Darien's Brian Cashman, Yankees' GM, to rappel building in Stamford's Heights and Lights event
Published 11:14 am, Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Stamford Downtown Special Services District has announced Cashman will join this year's Heights and Lights event as a celebrity guest elf, accompanying Santa Claus on a 22-floor rappel the Landmark Building.
"Brian Cashman will be there with smiles and his Yankee jacket, rappelling," said Sandy Goldstein, director of the DSSD.
Santa Claus is rarely unaccompanied in his acrobatic 350-foot descent down the side of the Landmark Building, a Stamford tradition.
While the man in red is often escorted by the Grinch and Rudolph, this is the first time a member of the Yankees franchise is to take the plunge.
Cashman, who lives in Darien, mentioned at a DSSD fundraiser this summer that he would be interested in participating, Goldstein said.
"He mentioned something about wanting to rappel," she said. "What could be better than having a star rappel?"
Cashman began working for the New York Yankees in 1986 as an intern. In 1998 he succeeded Bob Watson as senior vice president and general manager. During Cashman's tenure as a club executive, the Yankees have won six American League pennants and four World Series championships.
The Yankees general manager will warm up for the weekend's rappel at a rehearsal Friday morning, Goldstein said. Rick Reichmuth, weather anchor from Fox Channel 5, will also take a trip down the side of the Landmark building during rehearsal.
Santa and Cashman will kick off the holiday season in Stamford Sunday, when they step off the Landmark building's ledge at 4:30 p.m. Music performed by local students and a fireworks display will accompany the rappel.
The DSSD is keeping the details of Cashman's elf costume under wraps for now.
"This is going to be a surprise for all," Goldstein said. "Will he be an elf in Yankee clothing or a Yankee in elf clothing? You've got to come Sunday night to find out."